As a teenager growing up in the '70s, Roy starting doing load outs for bands around the tender age of 14. Shortly after, he became a "roadie" .. doing lighting design and operation for rock touring bands.
While in Saskatchewan on a tour, he met Gary M. who was working at a music store there.
For work, Roy began selling cleaning products, and in his free time he joined Walterdale Theatre where he became Technical Director, and Lighting Designer, later receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions over the years.
In the early 1990's Roy ran into Gary again, now in Edmonton, who hired him as a stage hand for the lighting company Gary managed. Eventually, Roy was promoted to full time Lighting Sales Manager, a position he held for 17 years, before launching his own company Roy Jackson Design in 2010.
Roy grew as a Lighting Designer, and in addition to shows at Walterdale, he began lighting shows for Kill Your Television Theatre, many independent Fringe plays, The Unconscious Collective and Northern Light Theatre.
Roy won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for NLT's production of A Dybbuk for Two People.
Roy has lots of architectural designs to his credit, including the Legislative Building in Edmonton, the Edmonton Valley Zoo, and independent clients including those in the Hindu community celebrating their many festivals, including Dwali - The Festival of Light.